Adult Courses

The Brewhouse Education Centre provides two dedicated learning spaces that are used for a variety of adult education workshops. Come and join us for a myriad of different courses.

From watercolour painting to family history, Burghley offers a number of adult education courses in conjunction with specialist education providers

What’s On

Burghley hosts a number of different day study courses run by experts in their field.

For more information and to book tickets click on the links below.


Watercolour Painting Days

It really doesn’t matter whether you are an accomplished artist or an absolute beginner Sandra’s classes provide a relaxed, friendly, stress-free environment, where you can sit back and enjoy lots of wet-into-wet watercolour demonstration and then have a go yourself with help and encouragement.  You will be pleasantly surprised by what you can achieve. Each day runs from 10.30 till 4.00, and are priced at £65 for the day. light refreshments are provided. All painting days take place in the Burghley House Brewhouse education center.

Sandra Peck is Resident Artist and Tutor at Barnsdale Gardens and her work can be seen in the gallery there. She has been teaching for over twenty years and holds regular workshops at a number of locations, including some especially for the Royal Horticultural Society.

Watercolour days with Sandra Peck 2019

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Light On The Meare – 23 January

A beautiful sky can really make a painting and it’s easy when you know how. Tips and techniques for successful wet-into-wet painting. Step-by-step demonstration.

House Portraits – 13 February

A great chance to paint your own house or one that you like (bring a photo if you wish). A step-by-step demonstration with show how to draw and paint this lovely cottage in watercolour and add detail with pen.

Stone Arch – 13 March

This is one of the really beautiful aspects of the old Courtyard. Step-by-step demonstration to paint texture on old mellow stone and how to “fill” flowerpots with a profusion of colourful plants.

Wet-Into-Wet Anemones – 10 April

Absolutely beautiful flowers and easy to paint in watercolour. Learn how to paint them with light and movement and the desired amount of drippiness.

Stable Yard In Pen And Wash – 22 May

A step-by-step demonstration to paint this lovely old doorway in the Stable Yard at Burghley, using wet-into-wet colour washes then adding pen detail.

Queen Elizabeth’s Bedroom – 12 June

A chance to go inside the House to view this exquisite room, then either to paint from your own sketches or to follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint a little scene from it.

The Summerhouse In Pen And Wash – 17 July

A step-by-step demonstration to paint this beautiful building, which is tucked away in the private gardens a Burghley.

Misty Lavender – 14 August

Fragrant lavender and an old stone urn provide an exquisitely romantic subject – try out more watercolour techniques, including a soft wet-into-wet background.

Antique Hydrangeas – 25 September

Hydrangeas are especially lovely as the colours melt into Autumnal shades. Begin with a simple wet-into-wet background to suggest misty out of focus flowers then add a little detail.

Stamford – 23 October

Caput Mortuum is quite an exciting pigment to use, as the colour splits and granulates when it is dropped onto wet paper. It produces a wonderful effect on old buildings. (Pigment supplied)

The Great Hall – 13 November

Visit the majestic Great Hall, for some wonderful inspiration. Either work from your own sketches or follow step-by-step demonstrations- detail can be beautiful when just suggested in loose drippy watercolour.

For enquiries please contact lynne.denham@burghley.co.uk or call 01780 761996.

Creative painting days- With Lucy Ellis 2018

Have you ever wanted to have a go at portraits, Watercolours or pastels and don’t know how to begin? Or, would you like to learn new techniques to create realistic yet soft and flowing paintings? Then these classes offer an ideal opportunity to get started, or improve your skills, with lots of step-by-step demonstrations and one to one tuition.

Lucy is an experienced freelance tutor who has lectured in Fine Art for over 10 years. These painting  days are specially designed to take you right from scratch through to a finished painting. For each subject and technique you get the chance to sit up close and watch detailed demonstrations at every stage. The supportive and individual tuition you will receive on the day will really help you to get the most out of your artwork, even if you are just beginning.

Courses run from 10.30-4pm and are priced at £65 for the day. Materials can be provided for the day for an additional £6 (please order from lynne.denham@burghley.co.uk). A great gift idea for anyone who’s ever wanted to learn how to paint, vouchers are available.
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Snowy Cottages in Pen and Wash – 27th November

Create beautiful snowy scenes with an ordinary water soluble black fine liner pen!  Learn how to pick out just enough detail in your drawing, then see what a difference you can make with a wet brush and a bit of flair. Perfect for Christmas cards.

For enquiries please contact lynne.denham@burghley.co.uk or call 01780 761996.